The Best 4 Day Bangkok Itinerary – What to Do in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand attracts some 40 million visitors every year, and the majority of them, at some point, will visit the nation’s capital of Bangkok.

From the stunning temples to the traditional floating markets and ultra-modern metropolitan districts, Bangkok is packed solid with amazing things to do. This 4 day Bangkok itinerary covers a little bit of everything that the capital of ‘the land of smiles’ has to offer.

I’ve visited Thailand on two separate trips, both times spending some time at the start and end of my trip in Bangkok city. This is fairly typical of most travellers, using Bangkok as a place to acclimatise, and stop for a short while before onward travel. There is so much to do in Bangkok that it’s overwhelming to know where to start.

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Wat Phra Kaew | 4 Day Itinerary Bangkok

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Although there’s plenty to see in this city to keep you busy for weeks, what you’ll find in this 4 days in Bangkok itinerary is a nicely condensed version of all the must-see places, how to get there along with some insider tips I learnt along the way.

This is the perfect Bangkok city guide for giving you a little bit of everything. Let’s go!

4 Days in Bangkok - How to Use This Guide

Whether you’re doing four days in Bangkok in one block as you pass through the country, or splitting it into a couple of days at both the start or end of your trip to Thailand, this guide is for you.

It’s been divided into sections to help you find the information quickly. The first section gives you a glance and overview of the best things to see in Bangkok, and how to spend each day in the city.

The second section gives you a breakdown of each of the places and includes what to expect, getting there and tips for visiting the attraction.

In the final section, you’ll find FAQs about this Bangkok trip itinerary, like the best time to visit and where to stay.

What you can expect in this article...

4 Day Bangkok Itinerary - At a Glance

Here’s an overview of what’s included in this 4 days Bangkok itinerary. This section is for you if you’re in a hurry, or don’t want to read the whole article. You can also download this quick reference Bangkok 4 days itinerary checklist and planning sheet of everything included in this article straight to your phone for offline viewing.

10 Top Things to See in Bangkok

If you’re planning on going solo and working out your own itinerary, then be sure to include the things on this list. These are the best places to visit in Bangkok and are all in included in this city guide.

      • Grand Palace
      • Wat Phra Kaew
      • Khaosan Road
      • Wat Arun at Sunrise or Sunset
      • Giant Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
      • Lumpini Park & the Giant Lizards
      • Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets
      • Eat the Street Food
      • Chao Praya River Cruise at Night
      • Ride in a Tuk-Tuk

Your Bangkok 4 Day Itinerary – Summary of Each Day

      • Day 1 – The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Lumpini Park and Khao San Road
      • Day 2 – Wat Arun, Pak Khlong Flower Markets, China Town and Chao Praya River Cruise
      • Day 3 – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, The Jim Thompson House, Drink Cocktails at Lebua Sky Tower
      • Day 4 – Day Trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya
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Your Perfect 4 Days in Bangkok Itinerary

Day 1 - Morning

The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

The first of your 4 days itinerary in Bangkok starts with a visit to one of the most iconic and alluring places in the city.

Topping the list of places to visit in Bangkok in 4 days is The Grand Palace. This is the former residence of the King of Thailand, it’s as opulent as it is grand. It’s on the same site as Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of The Emerald Buddha, which is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok.

Although they are two separate complexes, they neighbour each other and are visited as one attraction. Visiting the two landmarks is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok which also makes it the busiest, book tickets in advance to bypass the queues.

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is situated within perfectly manicured grounds. You can go inside some of the buildings, although a lot of the main palace is closed to the public. One of the most visually stunning buildings here is Chakri Mahaprasat, the Grand Palace Hall.

There are a few onsite museums and exhibitions that are certainly worth a visit. For pure opulence, I highly recommend the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile to see the stunning outfits from the royal household.

Another exhibit worth a look at is the slightly dated-looking Vimanmek Mansion Museum. The museum does look a little on the tired side, however, inside there are loads of architectural relics salvaged from various renovations of The Grand Palace.

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The Grand Palace in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew

The opulent temple of Wat Phra Kaew is viewed as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. It goes under several names including its officially name; Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram or Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

When you enter the temple complex, you’d be hard-pushed to miss the giant Yakshas who ominously guard the gateways into Wat Phra Kaew. These are the gigantic blue menacing-looking soldiers in gold armour standing to the side of each entrance.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is so-called because of the meditating Emerald Buddha carved from a single block of green jade in the Ordination Hall. The Buddha wears a gold and diamond-encrusted cloak.

This temple is the most sacred site and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world.

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The giant Yakshas guarding the entrance to Wat Phra Kaew
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Temples inside Wat Phra Kaew

Insider Tip: Make sure you’ve dressed appropriately for visiting The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. This applies to both men and women.

      • No shoulders or mid-drifts on show, this also includes no low-cut tops or open shirts
      • Shorts, skirts and dresses should be below the knees
      • No sheer or see-through clothing

It’s hot and humid in Thailand all year round, so if you’re wearing a vest top and shorts, you’ll be able to pick up (overpriced) sarongs in the shops near the site. Alternatively, you can rent sarongs at the entrance gate.

Both sites get extremely busy, so book tickets for the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in advance.

Time: To do both sites properly, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, will take a few hours.

Location and Opening Times: Na Phra Lan Road, Phranakorn (Rattanakosin) | Monday – Sunday 8.30 am – 3.30 pm

Getting to The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: The closest public transport is the water taxi. Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat and get off at Tha Chang Pier (N9).

Alternatively, the nearest Metro station is Sanam Chai and less than a ten-minute walk north.

Day 1 - Afternoon

Wat Pho

Your itinerary for Bangkok continues in the afternoon, at my favourite temple in Bangkok. Wat Pho is the largest and oldest temple in the city. It’s just a short walk from The Grand Palace.

Officially this temple is called Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

The temple is home to the largest reclining Buddha statue in Bangkok. It measures 46 meters long and stands 15 meters high. Not only is Wat Pho famous for its giant reclining Buddha, but it also boasts a collection of beautiful golden Buddha statues; 394 to be exact!

This beautiful temple is also a safe haven for loads of cats. The resident cats live on the temple grounds here, and you’ll see the fuzzy felines lounging everywhere, in the courtyards, steps and trees.

The giant reclining Buddha is found in the northwest corner of the site. Depending on what time of day, you visit, expect a queue and a snail-like pace as you walk through the hall.

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Giant reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
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Colourful flags decorating Wat Pho for the Arts Festival

Insider Tip: As with The Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew, make sure you’ve dressed appropriately and cover your shoulders and knees.

It also gets busy here, so to dodge the crowds, visit either very early in the day or late in the afternoon.

You can also save time and money by doing a combination tour of Wat Pho and Wat Arun

Time: You could easily spend a couple of hours here, more if you have to queue to see the giant Buddha.

Location and Opening Times: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon |  8:00 am – 6.00 pm, 7 days a week

Getting to Wat Pho: This temple is pretty much next door to The Grand Palace, so it’s only a 5-minute walk if you’re coming from there.

If you’re using public transport to get to Wat Pho, then the closest public transport is the water taxi. Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat and get off at Tha Chang Pier (N9). The nearest Metro station is Sanam Chai and less than a ten-minute walk north.

Lumpini Park

After a busy day so far, head to Lumpini Park for a couple of hours. The park is the oldest and largest green space in the centre of Bangkok. Lumpini Park is a haven amongst the bustle of the city, it’s also home to giant lizards who you’ll see wandering about.

Inside the park, you’ll find a giant, although artificial lake, where you can hire paddle boats as well as plenty of shaded walkways and tracks meandering around the foliage.

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Lumpini Park | Itinerary for Bangkok 4 days

Insider Tip: If you’re feeling energetic, you can join one of the early mornings Tai Chi classes that take place in Lumpini Park.

Location and Opening Times: 192 Witthayu Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand | Daily 05:00 am – 9:00 pm

Getting to Lumpini Park: From Wat Pho, walk to the MRT Subway station Sanam Chai and take the blue line to Silom MRT Station.

Day 1 - Evening

Khao San Road

On the first night of your 4-day vacation in Bangkok, head to Khao San Road. This world-renowned street is a very much love-it-or-hate-it affair. Whichever your opinion turns out to be, I recommend you visit it at least once.

As the sun sets, Khao San Road comes alive. Over the years, it’s become a bit of an establishment in its own right. It’s very much on the tacky-tourist side, but one of those things that has to be experienced and 100% should be on your Bangkok bucket list.

It’s loud, hectic and overpriced compared to other places in Bangkok, but it’s also vibrant, diverse and an exciting place to be. It’s so iconic, that you’ll even be able to find KhoSan Road memorabilia to prove you’ve ‘been there, done that’.

This is also a great place to try some of the weird and wonderful street foods. You won’t go hungry, there are plenty of street vendors selling noodles. Pad Thai is the national dish of Thailand. You’ll also find curries, fresh juices, and sweet dishes. I highly recommend the banana roti or mango sticky rice #drooling ….and err bugs! although I bypassed those.

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Khao San Road | Bangkok Itinerary 4 days

Insider Tip: Historically, this area was limited to just the main Khao San Road. Today it’s expanded to more than just that, so after walking up and down the main street, head down some of the adjacent roads for a more mellow scene and find some of the more laid-back hipster bars.

Time: You will want to spend several hours here taking in the buzz of the place.

Location and Opening Times: Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon Krung Thep Maha Nakhon | 24 hrs, but go at night, 8.00 pm onwards

Getting to Khao San Road: The nearest BTS Skytrain station is National Stadium, from there it’s a 4km walk.  

You can also get there using the Chao Phraya Express Boat. Use the BTS to get to Saphan Taksin station and then take a short 2-minute walk to Sathorn Pier. There is a direct boat to Phra Arthit. It will take about half an hour. When you arrive at Phra Athit pier, it will take about 10-minutes to walk to Khao San Road.

Day 2 - Morning

Wat Arun

For the second day of your itinerary in Bangkok, head towards the beautiful Wat Arun. The style of this temple probably looks familiar, that’s because it’s built in the Khmer style that is seen in the iconic Angkor Wat in Cambodia,

The temple of Wat Arun sits on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. The largest of the prangs stands at 86 meters high and is covered with intricate carvings representing Mount Meru which, in Buddhist cosmology, is the centre of the world. This large prang is surrounded by smaller prangs and various sculptures. You can climb up a section of it, and although steep, it’s worth it for the views looking out over the river.

Wat Arun is also known as the Temple of Dawn, and is named after the Indian God of Dawn; Aruna. Don’t be deceived by the name, this temple looks fabulous morning, noon and night.

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Wat Arun seen from the Chao Praya River
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The giant central prang at Wat Arun

Insider Tip: Be sure to see Wat Arun up close and from afar. Start by viewing it from the opposite side of the river. Take the small passenger ferry across the river to climb the large central prang and see the detailed carvings.

You can also save time and money by doing a combination tour of Wat Pho and Wat Arun

Time: Although it will only take about an hour to see the temple, you will also have to wait for the ferry boat, so allow extra time for that.

Location and Opening Times: 58 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Ya | 8:00 am – 6.00 pm, 7 days a week

Getting to Wat Arun: Wat Arun is located on the other side of the river if you’re coming from the centre of the city. It’s a quick and easy boat ride from Chao Phraya Express Boat Dock. The boat ride also gives some nice photo opportunities.

Day 2 - Afternoon

Pak Khlong Flower Market

You’ve probably noticed the importance of flowers in Thai culture. You will have seen them in the temples, the colourful and fragrant flowers being left as an offering to the Buddhas. You’ll also see them as decorations all over the city as well as being used in cooking. Flowers are big business here, therefore your Bangkok in 4 days itinerary continues at Pak Khlong Tala Flower Market.

Pak Khlong Tala is by far the biggest flower market in Bangkok, some speculations say it’s up there as one of the world’s largest flower markets.

Most likely, the flowers that the Buddhas are adorned in will have come from here. The streets are lined with bright and heavily scented stalls of these wholesale flower vendors. It’s quite an impressive sight to see them.

Every type of flower imaginable is here from roses, orchids, lilies and more. The flowers are usually sold in bulk, so you’ll find large bunches of them for sale at amazingly affordable prices. Even if you don’t intend to buy flowers, the area is a stimulus for the senses, it’s also one of the most Instagrammable places in Bangkok.

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Pak Khlong Flower Market | Itinerary Bangkok 4 days

Insider Tip: Although lots of stalls line the streets, don’t forget to go inside the buildings on both sides of the main road to see the indoor markets.

Time: Spend about an hour walking around here

Location and Opening Times: Pak Khlong Talat Bangkok, Thailand | The indoor markets are open 24 hours a day, with professional flower buyers arriving in the early hours of the morning to get the best picks.

Getting to the Flower Markets: The flower market is located on the north side of the Chao Phraya river. The easiest way to get there is to use either the Chao Phraya tourist shuttle or the local ferry and get off at Yodpiman Pier. From here it’s a short walk to Pak Khlong Talad 2, the building where the Flower Market is located.

China Town

After visiting the flower markets head towards China Town, situated in one of the oldest parts of the city, in the Samphanthawong district of Bangkok. Although there are ‘China Towns’ all over the world, the one in Bangkok is the largest outside of China.

Historically, before Bangkok was the sprawling city we know today, this was a small village-like district where the local Chinese population resided. Since then, this area grew larger, and subsequently became engulfed by Bangkok to create this vibrant part of the city.

Stop off here for lunch. Your nose will be going crazy with the delicious smells of cooking. It’s an absolute tease for your tastebuds. True, you probably won’t know what most of the food is, so the best way to find out is to eat your way around this neighbourhood.

Although food is served here at all times of the day, head to Yaowarat Road after dark where you’ll find some of the best street food in the city. Also, a stone’s throw from China Town is Little India along Phahurat Road, which sells equally as delicious street food.

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4 Day Itinerary Bangkok | Chinese Temple

Insider Tip: Although a big chunk of the fun is wandering about by yourself, and trying everything that takes your fancy, it can be challenging if you have dietary requirements. I’m a lifelong veggie, and at times it was tricky trying to communicate this.

It can be safer to book on to the walking food tour of China Town. The guide will also give you a load more information about the history of the area as well as guide you to the best food spots.

Time: Allow a couple of hours here to check out the small temples, and stalls and eat your way around.

Location and Opening Times: China Town Gate, 322 Tri Mit Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 101 | Open 24 hours

Getting to China Town: The district of China Town is quite sprawling, you’ll be able to reach the tail end of it within just a few minutes’ walk from the flower market. However, the official gate to the area is called China Town Gate, this is at the furthest point from the flower markets, and would take about a 25-minute walk to there.

You can also use the Metro on the MRT Blue Line and get out at either Hua Lamphong or Wat Mangkon station. From here, it’s just a short walk to the China Town Gate.

Alternative Foodie Ideas

If you’re an absolute foodie and want to experience the best in local cuisine, then you might like this chef-designed Bangkok food tour around the Old Town, or learn how to recreate dishes at home on this half-day Thai cooking class with a market tour.

Day 2 - Evening

Chao Praya River Cruise

The Chao Phaya River is the largest in Thailand and runs right through Bangkok. Historically this was the main route for transportation in and out of the city for goods from all over the world.

The river is just important today as it ever was. So after all the walking you’ve been doing over the last 2 days, you’ll get to sit back, relax and see the city from a different perspective.

Although you can take a Chao Praya River Cruise at any time of the day, one of the top things to do in Bangkok in 4 days during the evening is to take a cruise.

You’ve seen some of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks now, so this is also a great way to see them from a different view point. Buildings like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun are beautifully lit up if you take a cruise in the evening.

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Temples at Night | Itinerary to Bangkok

Insider Tip: There are different options for all budgets to do the evening Chao Praya River Crusie. The cheapest ones are on a small passenger ferry and will just make a circuit ride up and down the river. This is a great option to go for if you’re on a budget and just want to see the monuments lit up.

If you’re looking for a more complete experience, then take a look at the luxury river cruise options. These excursions come with fine dining and traditional Thai entertainment as part of the package all with the backdrop of the lit monuments.

Day 3 - Morning

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Thailand is famous for its markets, and one of the most iconic is Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets. They are located in Damnoen Saduak District in the Ratchaburi Province which is about 100 kilometres southwest of Bangkok.

What makes the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market so special is that vendors sell their wares from a traditional longtail boat. The unique experience of hopping from boat to boat as you shop is great fun.

Because it’s the most popular of the floating markets if you get there any time after 10 am, then it can get insanely touristy.

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets | Thailand

Insider Tip: Although it’s easy enough to get to the floating markets by public transport, it can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you’re restricted with time. If you don’t want to navigate the public transport system, then there are daily tours to Damnoen Floating Markets with pick-up and drop-off included.

Time: Allow at least a couple of hours at the markets, also take into account travel time can be a couple of hours each way if you’re using public transport.

Location and Opening Time: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi  | Open daily between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Getting to China Town: From Bangkok take the BTS Skytrain to Bang Wa Station. Once you arrive at Bang Wa Station, then pick up a taxi to take you to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (it’s called Sai Tai Mai). At the bus station, find the #78, it will say Damnoen Saduak on it. If you can’t find it, just ask for the floating markets. If you make all the connections, then it takes a couple of hours, but it’s worth it.

You can also take an organised tour if you don’t want to go via public transport. 

Day 3 - Afternoon

The Jim Thompson House

Once back in Bangkok, head to the centrally located Jim Thompson House. The building itself is incredibly photogenic in dark red wood surrounded by bright green vine and plants. Although it was built in 1959, it still has a traditional feel to it.

Jim Thompson was an American architect designer and businessman, and this building was once his home. It’s been converted into a museum and now houses his collection of art. The Jim Thompson House museum consists of his six traditional teak houses in the middle of Bangkok which were left behind after his mysterious disappearance in the Malaysian jungle.

Jim Thompson played a principal and pivotal role in bringing beautiful Thai silk to a global market. He was given the nickname ‘The Silk King’ due to his efforts in saving the diminishing silk industry in Thailand during the 60s.

If you’re interested in museums, two other great options are;

      • Bangkok National Museum – The first national museum in Thailand, which is home to an extensive collection of Thai arts and artefacts. There are three museums located inside this one building here.
      • Bangkokian Museum – A lesser-known museum in Khet Bang Rak. It consists of a 1930s perfectly preserved home, the décor is left just as it was 100 years ago and gives a nostalgic insight into middle-class Thai living.
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The Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

Insider Tips: If you show up at the right time, you can join one of the guided tours which are included in the admission price. If you’re not interested in a tour, you can just walk around by yourself.

Location and Opening Time: Jim Thompson House, 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok | Daily between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

Getting to The Jim Thompson House:  Take the BTS Sky to the National Stadium, take Exit 1 and it’s just a short walk.

Day 3 - Evening

Drink Cocktails at Lebua Sky Tower

The Lebua Sky Tower was always a popular spot for evening cocktails, then it shot to fame after its appearance in the movie, The Hangover II.

It’s located on the 64th floor of the State Tower building and is one of the highest open-air bars in the world. The Lebua Skybar gives you amazing panoramic views across the city. Head here to watch the sunset and when the lights switch on over the city while sipping on a cocktail.

If you can’t get into Lebua Sky Bar, then here are some other great spots for rooftop views:

      • The Speakeasy, Hotel Muse – Not the highest rooftop bar in Bangkok, but certainly one of the more stylish. The décor is based on the 1920s prohibition era, with jazz music playing in the background.
      • The Roof Top Bar, Baiyoke Sky Hotel – This is currently the highest sky bar in Bangkok. Located on the 83rd floor. The rooftop bar boasts a rotating observation deck at the top!
      • Cloud 47 Rooftop Bar and Bistro, United Center – One of the more affordable rooftop bars is Cloud 47. It’s also centrally located with no dress code, so just show up, order a drink and enjoy the views.
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Stunning views over Bangkok

Insider Tips: You can just walk in and if you’re lucky, grab a table on the night, but it’s better to make a reservation.

Location and Opening Time: Dome, 63rd Floor State Tower at The, 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok | Daily 5:00 pm – 00:00 am

Getting to The Lebua Sky Bar: Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station. It’s just a 10-minute walk from there.

Day 3 - Evening (Alternative Suggestion)

Watch Muay Thai

 If cocktail bars really arent your thing, and you prefer something with some excitement, then check out an authentic Muay Thai fight.

Muay Thai boxing is Thailand’s national sport with matches happening several times a week.

Day 4 - Day Trip to Ayutthaya

Although there are loads more things to see in Bangkok, today your 4 day Bangkok itinerary is taking you out of the city. If you do want to see other things in the city, then take a look at this Bangkok Bucket List and see how many things you can tick off.

The UNESCO Ancient Ruins of Ayutthaya is an easy day trip from the city, and also gives you a bit of break from the full-on-ness that comes with Bangkok. The ancient city of Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai (another ruin further north). The city was founded around 1350.

It’s located 80km north of the city and is easy to get to by train. The journey from Bangkok main station to Ayutthaya takes about an hour. There are also numerous full-day trips to Ayutthaya that include a guide and all your transportation.

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Ayutthaya Ruins
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The famous Buddha head entwined in the Bhodi Fig Tree at Ayutthaya
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Ancient reclining Buddha at Ayutthaya

If you’ve ever seen the stunning picture of the Buddha head entwined in the Bodhi fig tree, it can be found at Wat Mahathat. There are also tons of other crumbling ruins and temples to explore, with some of them resembling a movie set from Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones.

Ayutthaya was one of my absolute highlights in Thailand. Find out more in this in-depth article about visiting Ayuytthha from Bangkok.

The ruin complex is spread out over quite a large area. You will be able to walk to quite a few of the centrally located ones, although it’s more efficient to rent a bicycle or get a personal driver and tuk-tuk for the day to take you to all the best temples in Ayutthaya.

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Buddha Head in Tree | Ayutthaya

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Whether you’re staying for 4 days 3 nights in Bangkok or the full 4 nights in Bangkok, you’re going to want to be within easy access to either some great attractions or a decent transport network.

You’ll find accommodation all over Bangkok, however, for convenience, stick with the more central ones making it easier to sightsee. Here are three great places to stay in Bangkok.

Luxury Accommodation - 5* Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit (SHA Extra Plus)

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Boutique Accommodation - 5 * Chakrabongse Villas (SHA Plus+)

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Budget Accommodation - Bed Station Hostel

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Bangkok

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How Do I Get From the Airport to Bangkok?

The main airport for Bangkok is Suvarnabhumi Airport which is located about 35km outside of the centre of Bangkok.

There are several options to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok centre. One of the most efficient is by taking the Airport Rail Link followed by a Sky Train to your nearest destination. If you’re on a budget, the BTS is also the cheapest way to get to Bangkok from the airport. 

Alternatively, you can book your airport transfer directly to your hotel in advance with either a VIP Meet & Greet or shared transfer service.

Booking in advance saves you both the hassle and avoids the hefty inflated fees from the taxi companies at the airport.

Transfer from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Private VIP Meet & Greet Transfer

Shared Shuttle Transfer

How do I get around Bangkok?

The easiest way to get around Bangkok is by using public transport, the Metro, BTS and boat taxis make getting about super easy.  They are also really cheap and have a set price, unlike the taxis and tuk-tuks. There are maps at the stations, so take a photo for reference.

Another easy way to get around the city is by using the Bangkok Hop-On Hop-Off Bus which will take you to all the main tourist sites.

Although I do recommend having a ride in a tuk-tuk, (like with taxis) watch out for being scammed with an insanely overinflated fare if you hail one down in the street. Check with your accommodation how much a journey should cost in advance and don’t agree to a journey without either the fare being confirmed before the journey starts or asking to have a metered fare – often the taxi driver will say that the meter is conveniently ‘broken’ if this is the case just find another taxi. You can also book in advance a private tuk-tuk tour of the temples.

The perfect 4 day Bangkok itinerary featuring all the best temples, floating markets, museums, sky bars and more. Find about making the most of your time in the ‘Land of Smiles’ along with all the top things to see and do to for the perfect 4 days in Bangkok. The only 4 days in Bangkok guide you’ll need. #SouthEastAsia #Thailand #Bangkok
Tuk-Tuk by Hanny Naibaho via Unsplash

What Are the Top Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand?

I listed the top ten things to see in Bangkok right at the start of this article, however, there are of course too many things to cover in just 4 days.

If you want to plan your own itinerary for Bangkok, then check out this Bangkok Bucket List, which features over 30 things to see and do in the city.

I’m Not Sure How Many Days to Spend in Bangkok

Bangkok is a huge city with a lot going on, so even if you had a year, you’d probably struggle to see everything, there are more than 400 temples in the city!

You can certainly see the highlights on a 3 days in Bangkok itinerary. Follow what I’ve listed here, and just skip out day 4 which is a trip outside of the city.

How Much Money Do I Need for 4 Days in Bangkok?

This is purely down to your travel style. If you’re staying in dorm rooms, using public transport and eating street food, then you’d get by on less than $50 a day.

However, if you’re staying in top-end hotels, with personal tour guides, then naturally it would reach several hundred dollars per day.

On average, you could get by very comfortably (accommodation, transportation, food, attractions) on $150-$200 a day.

When is the best time of year to visit Bangkok?

You can visit Bangkok all year round, however, if you’re not a fan of heat then December and February are the coolest months in Thailand. Essentially, it’s divided into two seasons; the wet season and the dry season.

The wet season runs from July to October. Even though it’s wet, it’s still warm with temperatures at about 26 – 34 degrees. However, with the rain, it can be unbearably humid at this time of year.

If you visit during Thailand’s New Year festival, (March-May) expect it to be more expensive and crowded, although you will get the chance to join in with the festivities. It’s also worth noting that during festival season opening hours for attractions will vary.

How Are Your 4 Days in Bangkok Shaping Up?

If you were wondering what to do in Bangkok for 4 days, then hopefully, this article has answered your question.

This 4-Day Bangkok Itinerary gives you a pretty decent mix of things to do in the city.  True, it’s hectic and full-on, but there’s an abundance of interesting stuff to see, plus loads of great places to escape to on a day trip.

Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in south-east Asia, and despite having already spent quite a bit of time in this exciting and full-on city. I would go back in an instant.

If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, as part of your Thailand adventure then why not download this FREE checklist for offline viewing.

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. I visited Bangkok around 10 years ago so your photos brought back great memories. I’ll never forget the water lizards all over Lumpini park!

  2. This looks like a great itinerary for visiting Bangkok. I particularly love the alternatives you included, such as a day trip to Ayutthaya. I can’t wait to visit southeast Asia! ?

  3. You have visited so many amazing destinations, I am totally envious of you. Even though I travel quite a lot myself I always want to see more ?

  4. Sounds like a great itinerary; I would enjoy visiting Wat Arun, looks amazing!

  5. I am really eager to visit Bangkok and explore more of Thailand. This itinerary looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love reading posts about Thailand. Lived there for 13 years and I miss it. Spent many weekends exploring Bangkok, that’s a nice itinerary you put together.

  7. Great itinerary! Packed but totally doable. I wish there were hostels like the Bed Station when I was backpacking around there 20 years ago. Instead we got a crappy windowless room on Khao San Road and woke up with bed bug bites! I don’t miss those days (don’t worry, we immediately moved to something nicer off KSR). ?

  8. Love your itinerary for Bangkok. Visited the city many years ago but remember the tuk-tuks and floating market! The day trip to UNESCO ruin site sounds interesting. ?

  9. I was in Bangkok for 24 hours and could have seen only the palace and temples. I missed those famous floating markets and I would love to visit them during my next visit. Thanks for sharing a detailed itinerary.

  10. Sign me up for the Pak Khlong Flower Market and the Floating Markets – they look so pretty!

  11. This is quite a detailed guide! I hope someday to visit Bangkok!

  12. This is really a perfect 4-day itinerary. Covers all the important places. Will follow your footsteps ?

  13. I’m planning my first trip to Thailand, so this guide is super-helpful! I’m definitely going to take an evening cruise – seeing the temples lit up at night must be gorgeous! Thanks for your suggestion on using public transportation to get around. It’s good to know that it’s inexpensive and easy. I’ve been reading a lot about tuk-tuks and being overcharged, so it’s great that there’s another option.

  14. We went of short trips when we stayed in Bangkok. I loved going on the river taxis to get around. I wish we’d had time to go to the floating markets though – but that would have taken up too much time.

  15. That’s such a comprehensive itinerary! Perfect for first-time visitors. Will keep this handy for my trip

  16. So, exactly 11 months ago we were in Bangkok and I have been reminiscing about our trip lately. This post took me back to all the wonderful places!

  17. This looks like a place where most everything is larger than life! Wow. The giant Yakshas guarding the entrance to Wat Phra Kaew are so beautiful and I would love to check out those roof-top bars. What a way to end each day with a view like that. Thanks!

  18. Bangkok is a lot to take in and definitely needs four days! Your guide is really focused, great bucket list for the main city in Thailand.

  19. This is such a great itinerary and comprehensive guide of Bangkok. I have always wanted to visit Bangkok and reading this makes me want to visit even more

  20. I look forward to visiting Bangkok one day. Thanks for sharing the detailed itinerary

    1. It really is a fantastic City and one of my faves in South East Asia.

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